Canadian Cheese Awards Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2016 Canadian Cheese Awards have been announced — and Ontario has secured a very large piece of the cheese pie!

Some of our favorite cheese makers make the grade in most categories, but we’ve also discovered some new ones thanks to these whey cool awards.

Up first, Great Lakes Goat Dairy of Wyoming, Ontario. They’ve been farming for 13 years — and even won Young Farmers awards in 2010. Creating their own cheese products began in 2008 as a labor of love. They’ve since grown their farm to 900 goats (the leader of which is pictured above in all her glory!) and make some darn good cheese!

Also of note: in the Fresh Cheese Category is Oak Grove Cheese from New Hamburg. They make that Dofino Havarti you all know and love. Oak Grove is family owned and has been in operation since 1879. This independently owned factory maintains its quality cheese products by continuing to manufacture the same way as when the Langenegger family first started, over 80 years ago.

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As was expected, in our humble opinion, Oxford County’s Mountainoak Cheese swept the Gouda category and Niagara’s Upper Canada Cheese got a nod in the grilling cheese category for their Guernsey Girl.  

Congratulations to all the finalists! We can’t wait to see who takes home the gold next month in Montreal. For a full list of finalists from across the country in all categories, scroll down!


Cheese is listed alphabetically within each category or award. Where more than three finalists are shown, there were many entries and close scores. The Cheese of the Year was selected after several rounds of blind tastings of the best cheeses from the above categories.

FRESH CHEESE a�� FROMAGE FRAIS

FRESH PASTA FILATA a�� FROMAGE A� PA�TE FILA�E

SEMI-SOFT CHEESE a�� FROMAGE A� PA�TE SEMI-FERME

FETA / CHEESE IN BRINE a�� FETA / FROMAGE EN SAUMURE

FIRM CHEESE a�� FROMAGE A� PA�TE FERME

FIRM CHEESE WITH HOLES a�� FROMAGE A� PA�TE FERME AVEC OUVERTURES

WASHED RIND CHEESE a�� FROMAGE A� CROA�TE LAVA�E

MIXED RIND CHEESE a�� FROMAGE A� CROA�TE MIXTE

BLOOMY RIND CHEESE a�� PA�TE MOLLE A� CROA�TE FLEURIE

MILD & MEDIUM CHEDDAR (aged up to 9 months) a�� CHEDDAR DOUX & MOYEN (maximum de 9 mois da��affinage)

OLD CHEDDAR (aged from 9 to 18 months) a�� CHEDDAR FORT (entre 9 et 18 mois da��affinage)

AGED CHEDDAR (aged more than 18 months) a�� CHEDDAR VIEILLI (plus de 18 mois da��affinage)

  • Agropur Grand Cheddar 3 ans a�� Agropur, Saint-Hubert, QuA�bec
  • Agropur Grand Cheddar 5 ans a�� Agropur, Saint-Hubert, QuA�bec
  • Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar a�� Cows Creamery, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
  • Traditional Clothbound Cheddar a�� The Farm House Natural Cheeses, Agassiz, British Columbia

GOUDA CHEESE a�� FROMAGE GOUDA

BLUE CHEESE –  FROMAGE A� PA�TE PERSILLA�E

FLAVOURED CHEESE a�� FROMAGE AROMATISA�

SMOKED CHEESE a�� FROMAGE FUMA�

  • Cows Creamery Appletree Smoked Cheddar a�� Cows Creamery, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
  • Mountainoak Chili Pepper Smoked a�� Mountainoak Cheese, New Hamburg, Ontario
  • Natural Smoked Gouda Medium a�� Sylvan Star Cheese, Red Deer, Alberta

GRILLING CHEESE a�� FROMAGE A� GRILLER

SPECIAL AWARDS (9) PRIX SPA�CIAUX

BEST COW CHEESE a�� MEILLEUR FROMAGE DE LAIT DE VACHE

BEST GOAT CHEESE a�� MEILLEUR FROMAGE DE LAIT DE CHA?VRE

BEST SHEEP CHEESE a�� MEILLEUR FROMAGE DE LAIT DE BREBIS

BEST WATER BUFFALO CHEESE a�� MEILLEUR FROMAGE DE LAIT DE BUFFLONNE

BEST BLENDED-MILK CHEESE a�� MEILLEUR FROMAGE DE LAIT MIXTE

BEST FARMSTEAD CHEESE a�� MEILLEUR FROMAGE FERMIER

BEST ORGANIC CHEESE a�� MEILLEUR FROMAGE BIOLOGIQUE

BEST RAW-MILK CHEESE a�� MEILLEUR FROMAGE DE LAIT CRU

BEST NEW CHEESE a�� MEILLEUR NOUVEAU FROMAGE (Introduced to market in 2015/Mis en marchA� en 2015)

REGIONAL AWARDS (5) PRIX RA�GIONAUX

BEST B.C. CHEESE a�� MEILLEUR FROMAGE DE LA COLOMBIE BRITANNIQUE

BEST WEST CHEESE a�� MEILLEUR FROMAGE DE La��OUEST (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba)

BEST ONTARIO CHEESE a�� MEILLEUR FROMAGE DE La��ONTARIO

  • Bella Casara Mascarpone a�� Quality Cheese, Vaughan, Ontario
  • Castello Smoked Gorgonzola a�� Arla Foods Canada, Concord, Ontario
  • Lindsay Bandaged Goat Cheddar, Lenberg Farms Classic Reserve by Celebrity a�� Mariposa Dairy, Lindsay, Ontario
  • Mountainoak Chili Pepper Smoked a�� Mountainoak Cheese, New Hamburg, Ontario
  • Tania, Lenberg Farms Classic Reserve by Celebrity a�� Mariposa Dairy, Lindsay, Ontario 

BEST QUEBEC CHEESE a�� MEILLEUR FROMAGE DU QUA�BEC

BEST ATLANTIC CANADA CHEESE a�� MEILLEUR FROMAGE DES PROVINCES ATLANTIQUES


All winners will be announced on April 14 at the 2016 Awards Ceremony & Tasting Gala in conjunction with SIAL Canada: International Food & Beverage Tradeshow at Palais des CongrA?s in MontrA�al.

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